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UNF on the right side of a blowout against EWC

Josh Brannock December 3, 2013
Davenport finished off the night with multiple highlight reel dunks, but also had 11 boards, 12 points and five assist giving him his second double-double of the season.

New faces look to move UNF men’s basketball into a new era

Josh Brannock November 5, 2013
Before they play UF in the first game of the season, check out the reconstructed men's basketball team.

Hodges Stadium is reopened for business

Josh Brannock November 5, 2013
After months of renovations, Hodges Stadium is ready for UNF's soccer teams to return to the field.

Volleyball splits weekend, shows signs of maturity

Josh Brannock September 30, 2013
The team has yet to pick up a traditional road win, however it has won two games at a neutral site.

Running for her life

Josh Brannock September 19, 2013
A UNF staff member took on extreme temperatures, elevation changes, over-hydration and blisters to get the chance to compete in one of the most difficult foot races on the planet.

Volleyball can’t close, drops five-set match

Josh Brannock September 11, 2013
Instead of capitalizing on the breathing room the Ospreys took one step back while the Rattlers took three steps forward.

UNF volleyball can’t get away from .500 record

Josh Brannock September 9, 2013
After two weeks it seems like some of the position battles that were taking place over the beginning of training camp and during the first weekend are finally starting to come into place.

Volleyball splits weekend tournament, intrigues with position battles

Josh Brannock September 2, 2013
The outcome of the games wasn’t the story however. The big news came from the lineups head coach Steve Loeswick used in each game.

Volleyball Preview: New players, new digs

Josh Brannock August 26, 2013
This season the team will struggle to repeat the success of last season due to some inexperience.

Column: Conference realignment has reached ludicrous speed

Josh Brannock July 8, 2013
Mercer and ETSU just so happen to be two of five schools in the A-Sun that field a football team. The A-Sun however does not recognize football as a conference sport. But you know who does? Money to the one who guessed SoCon, that’s the Southern Conference’s acronym -- I like it.

The most important component on the diamond

Josh Brannock April 17, 2013
“My curveball wasn't very good when I came here — it worked, but I only threw it three or four times a game,” Renner said. “Now, I can use it as a third pitch to change the eye level on hitters, and I can throw it for strikes.”

Baseball: where superstition and sanity collide

Josh Brannock April 17, 2013

On any given day you can see sports players doing bizarre routines. From LeBron’s tame powder-toss at the beginning of an NBA game, to the more extreme urine rituals of MLB player Moises Alou, and...

UNF takes down top-dog despite mistakes, Weeks and Dewees continue hot streak

Josh Brannock April 12, 2013
“That's one thing we've worked on as a team, being very patient and waiting for a pitch that you can work on,” Roberson said. “You just gotta’ keep battling off the bad pitches until you get one you can handle and drive it somewhere.”

Sand volleyball picks up where it left off: on top

Josh Brannock April 11, 2013
“We're definitely challenging them more and training harder to try and get that step up,” Loeswick said. “Last year we did a lot with basic ball control and trying to figure out what teams worked best together. This year we've been a little bit more consistent with our teams.”

If UNF baseball doesn’t win, they sure come close

Josh Brannock March 27, 2013
The trend of big wins and close loses continued for the team over spring break. Despite UNF traveling to party destinations over the break, they weren’t there for a good time.

Series winning streak ends for baseball

Josh Brannock March 13, 2013
After starting the year winning every series it played, the UNF baseball team finally dropped a weekend series March 8-10.

Rugby humbled, shocked by loss

Josh Brannock March 13, 2013
The Deadbirds fell to Duke University by a score of 24-5, knocking them out of the National Small College Rugby Organization playoffs.

UNF baseball takes out UF Gators in extra innings

Josh Brannock February 27, 2013
In the top of the tenth inning UNF answered UF’s ninth by scoring a run. UNF’s Corey Bass hit a double to left center field that scored Alex Bacon and gave UNF a 7-6 lead. The Ospreys were able to hold the Gators scoreless in the bottom of the tenth to come away with the win.

Pain is temporary, ink is permanent

Josh Brannock February 27, 2013
“He pretty much expressed to me how a sport could define somebody,” Wallace said. “He said if you work hard at something, anything is pretty much possible. We played basketball almost everyday. He was maybe 32 at the time and I was like 10-years old, so I was playing against these older guys.”

Deadbirds demolish undermanned Canes’

Josh Brannock February 18, 2013
Fly half Trace Horevitz has enjoyed the Deadbirds’ success during his senior year. In the game against Miami, Horevitz scored two tries, one with relative ease as he ran up the gut of the field seemingly untouched.

Basketball Recruits: The next wave

Josh Brannock February 13, 2013
Moore is finishing his senior year at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., and is scoring at will against opponents. Moore dropped 42 points in a win over Lakewood High School, Feb. 7. He is averaging 26 points per game, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game this season.

UNF rugby trucks FSU

Josh Brannock February 8, 2013
“Man it felt great to kick their teeth in,” Mross said. “We’ve always been the smaller team and have always had that chip on our shoulder. We like being the little school that beats up on the big guys”

Free-throws and defense save UNF once again

Josh Brannock February 8, 2013
“You know some people call it the dog days of February, but we call it the dawg days of February,” Driscoll said. “Discipline, attitude wins games. Yes we believe in it and we think we can win.”

A new crop of volleyballers

Josh Brannock February 6, 2013
UNF signed: Abby Fesl, a 5-foot-11 setter from Arlington Heights, Ill. -- Carina Hoff, a 6-foot-2 gifted athlete from Eustis, Fla. -- Kelly Koop, an outside hitter from McKinney, Tex. -- and Morgan Van Alstine, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Merritt Island, Fla.

Osprey women use Ki three to upset Hatters

Josh Brannock February 2, 2013
Josil circled to the elbow and swung a pass to a wide-open Ki Conner. With ice in her blood, Conner hit the go-ahead three.

The Art of the Serve

Josh Brannock October 24, 2012
A good server can make the difference in the game. If there are multiple good serves in a row, the team can go from being tied to holding a commanding lead.

Baran Digs Herself to Another Record for UNF Volleyball

Josh Brannock October 9, 2012
“Nicole's a great player, we're still pushing her to get even better and get more consistent,” Loesweick said. “She definitely makes my job easier. Having the confidence that shes back there knowing that she can make plays is great.”

Volleyball Gets Four Set Win at JU

Josh Brannock September 29, 2012
In the game four players stepped up when the team needed them most. Middle blocker Marija Pantovic, outside hitter Paige Pridgeon, middle blocker Carolyn Jenkins and defensive specialist Kelsey Smith all made key plays at the end of sets to give UNF the win.

UNF Men’s Soccer Falls to UCF

Josh Brannock September 29, 2012
“The injuries don't matter, we played great tonight at times. We kept the ball the best we have all season,” Marinatos said. “We gave up two soft goals in the first half and we created some chances. Then they scored the third and the fourth and by then it was too late.”

Women’s volleyball kills way to home opening win

Josh Brannock September 7, 2012
The UNF women's volleyball took to the court of the UNF arena for the first time this year as it took on the Rattlers from Florida A&M after starting the season 1-4. The Ospreys (2-4) were able to manhandle FAMU (0-7) on their way to picking up their second win of the season, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22,25-22).

Women lose in physical, sloppy, mud bowl

Josh Brannock September 5, 2012
The UNF women's soccer team fought hard and managed to pull within one goal, but the Navy women's soccer team was able to edge out the Ospreys 5-3.

Atlantic Sun Championships Preview

Josh Brannock May 8, 2012

Track and Field In outdoor competition, the men’s team is in the top five for highest scores and times in seven out of the 18 nonteam events this year in which there were more than five competitors....

Sports in Brief: Rugby struggles to get funding for travel

Josh Brannock May 8, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor UNF has seen its fair share of memorable sports runs this season. The men’s and women’s tennis teams are entering their respective conference tournaments as one...

Men’s and women’s tennis clinch tournament berth

Josh Brannock April 18, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor With just two matches left in the regular season, both of UNF’s tennis programs have locked a position in the Atlantic Sun conference tournament April 20-22. The...

Gavlik earns first A-Sun Player of the Week for strong, consistent play

Josh Brannock April 18, 2012
After strong play in an upset and conference series, a UNF baseball player is awarded with player of the week honors.

Baseball takes down top-ranked Gators, continues struggles in conference play

Josh Brannock April 8, 2012
After struggling on the road, UNF baseball comes back to the friendly confines of UNF and takes down a national powerhouse.

Sports in Brief, April 4

Josh Brannock April 8, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor Baylor finishes season perfect 40-0, win national championship Under the massive wingspan and dominating power of Brittney Greiner, the Baylor Bears became the first...

UNF sand volleyball looks to bring more attention to the sport

Josh Brannock April 8, 2012
UNF’s newest program looks to bring more fans to the beach.

UNF Rugby just two wins away from a National Championship

Josh Brannock April 5, 2012
UNF rugby continues its historic first season in Division III play with its toughest match of the year.

Baseball loses two tight games to conference opponent

Josh Brannock April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor This season has been filled with blowout wins and tight losses for UNF baseball, and the team’s 17-9 record has reflected its play thus far. Coach Smoke Laval...

Sand volleyball splits first major tournament

Josh Brannock April 5, 2012
UNF’s newest program, sand volleyball, continues its first season of play as an NCAA recognized sport.

Women’s tennis starts conference play strong

Josh Brannock April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor UNF women’s tennis will look to stay perfect in conference play this weekend, staying in Jacksonville to play a conference foe. Before UNF plays cross-town...

Men’s tennis takes four matches over break

Josh Brannock April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor The No. 50 UNF men’s tennis program will look to continue its hot streak after winning four out of its last five matches during its progression through its conference...

Baseball uses high scoring to pick up a number of wins

Josh Brannock April 5, 2012
UNF’s bats ignited and the team scored a storm of runs and grabbed impressive wins during Spring Break.

That’s cool, you went to a men’s basketball game, now how about some support for others?

Josh Brannock February 11, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor   With all the talk of everyone being part of the 99 percent, when it comes to fandom, I feel like I am in the 1 percent.   Now, I understand this...

Sports in Brief, Feb. 1

Josh Brannock February 2, 2012
Check the latest in UNF sports from wrestling to rugby.

The protesters are coming, the protesters are coming

Josh Brannock January 25, 2012
Groups of protesters to be situated throughout campus, some have canceled, some to go on as planned.
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